👁🌏 Global Eyes on Asia
🍵 New and improved: Shorter, with a summary on top!
😘😘😘 Thank you to everyone who replied to my cri de coeur with encouragement and helpful suggestions. The near-unanimous sentiment was that yes, you’d prefer a shorter Global Eyes, at least on weekdays. You’d also like a summary at the top of the newsletter that tells you what’s in the newsletter and why it matters. I’ve decided you’d also like summaries at the beginning of each section. A few of you also suggested thematic newsletters—for example, looking at the impact of inflation around the world, or global demographic trends. That’s an excellent idea. So that’s what we’ll do.
Summary: Today we’ll be looking in particular at China’s challenge to the US’s dominance of the Pacific, Xi’s centralization of power, and the consequences of this centralization on Chinese foreign policy. We’ll also look at the way China has snuffed out freedom of expression in Hong Kong.
Then we’ll look at the earthquake in Afghanistan and the humanitarian catastrophe it has exacerbated.
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